iPad II or iPad IV

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    Hello everyone. This year I receive an iPad II from my parent as a Christmas present. It is still in the box and I don't open it yet. Because I am confused. One of my friend told me that iPad 4 is great device and its retina display feature is really awesome. So he suggest me to exchange the iPad II for an iPad IV. But I have to add around extra 150$ if I really do the change. Is retina display really worth extra 150$. I am into a some kind of dilemma. So please help me guys to take the right decision. Thanks in advance.
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    There are other features besides the retina display. Dictation and Siri are two which you would gain with the iPad 4 (or 3).

    We must be reaching the point at which the iPad 2 will no longer be supported with iOS updates, and this is a consideration. I for one am satisfied with my iPad 2, but I've had it for 2 years. If I were to replace it due to a malfunction, I feel sure that the replacement would be the most up-to-date model I could lay my hands on.

    The only advantage with the iPad 2 is that the battery is smaller and doesn't take so long to charge, which I find useful.

    If you have sound docks etc. you have to bear in mind that the new connector will be incompatible. An adaptor will cost you around $30.

    At the end of the day, it's personal choice. The iPad 2 is still a great piece of equipment, but if you want cutting edge, the 4 is the way to go.
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    Also to be considered is the fact that the iPad 4 will continue to be supported by iOS upgrades for a significantly longer period than the iPad 2. If the cost to upgrade to the iPad 4 is within your budget, you should seriously consider Kevin's advice.
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    Thank you for your kind advice, can you please briefly describe about Dictation and Siri. I really don't have any kind of clue what are you talking about. And I am still not opened my iPad box yet :eek: . Waiting for your answer.
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    Siri is a voice actuated service which allows you to ask questions and receive (semi)intelligent responses. It also allows you to open apps and do a whole heap of other things, all by talking to your iPad.

    Dictation adds a key to the keyboard which allows you to dictate your notes, Pages documents etc.

    I haven't used either of them much. I have th iPad 2, which doesn't have them. My son has the mini, so I borrowed it to check these features out.
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    The extra money spent on upgrading to the iPad4 from your iPad2, would be well spent.
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    If you can afford the extra cost, it would be worth the upgrade. The iPad 2 is nearing the end of its life in terms of OS updates and the tech inside is long in the tooth. The iPad 4 is the best tablet on the planet in terms of power, apps, and ecosystem.
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    So what about the mini? if the ipad 2 is nearing the end of its life cycle in terms of iOS updates, can't the same be said about the mini! Isn't it just a shrunken down ipad 2?
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    It uses the same old processor as the iPad2 and a non retina screen. But I think it uses the new OS. the biggest downside to the iPad2 is it's small RAM at 512 this causes the screen to blank out when thumbing through pages. The iPad4 has 1 Meg. of RAM.
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    Both the Mini and iPad 2 run the latest version of iOS, the mini has had an update (iOS 6.0.2) to fix a potential wifi issue which affected the mini and iPhone 5 but aside from that they both run iOS 6.x.x. The iPad 2, 3 and 4 all run exactly the same iOS 6.0.1

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    Sure, except that the mini is so much lighter that it is actually a different device. Of course, it's go feature the iPad 2 doesn't have, like better cameras, speakers, lightning port, and a higher ppi screen. It appeals to those who value weight and portability over power and high res graphics. It even as Siri and dictation, too.
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    It's definitely appealing to me......not quite sure how I'm going to keep my wallet in my pocket the next time that I pass a store selling them!

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    Where are so seeing screen blank out on a mini? I have not run into that. I have noticed some low-memory warnings when opening some games after having been doing some other stuff, but they play fine. I've actually been looking for limitations imposed by less ram. These warnings are, so far, about it. So, if you know of something for sure let me know so I can test and compare with my iPad 3.
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    I went from the 2 to the 3 and was happy so it would be worth it going from 2 to the 4.
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    Right this moment I'm playing a movie on my mini, sending it though the Apple TV, just to see how well it works and, of course, it works extremely well. But typing on the forum while holding my iPad 3 is a bit of a pain. Next time, I will do this the other way.
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    By the way, the op was asking about the 2 and the 4, so I assume there is no interest in the mini. I'm not interested in push folks where they don't want to go....and I really do think the 4 is the most powerful tablet one can get. Experience suggest that when buying electronics, it is generally better to go with the latest and greatest as that gives longer lifespan.

    If I could only have one iPad, it would be a mini with a retina screen and the same long battery life as the current one has. I'm not sure it will ever show up, actually. Even if it does, that may not be the best choice for everyone. Some people really prefer a longer screen. Nothing wrong with that. IMO.
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    You can't "root" the iPad and insert another operating system. The only operating system available to the iPad 4 at this time is iOS 6.0.1.
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    Thanks to all, for your good advice. And right now I think it will be wise for me to go for an iPad 4. By the way, out of curiosity one last question, many of you are talking about the version of iOS. Is the version of iOS is really that important? And is it possible to change the default iOS version of the device later? I am asking about this because I have an android device which default version was ginger bread. Later I root that device and put the new Ice-cream Sandwich OS in it and it work fine now. My question may look dumb to you but as I was told you before this device is totally new for me and I am completely ignorant about it. :eek:
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    If you go to this site, you can download the manual for the iPad 4. It will give you some idea of what you can do with this device. http://support.apple.com/manuals/

    Next, I recommend you head to an Apple Store, where you can get some hands on experience with the iPad. Finally, hanging around these forums is an excellent way to learn all about your iPad, including the things that never make it into the official guides.
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    Have had my iPad 2 for almost nine months. Plan on keeping it 'till the cows come home, and haven't seen any lately.
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